What is osseous surgery?

Osseous surgery is also known as a periodontal pocket reduction procedure. Osseous surgery is one of the most common surgical techniques used in the treatment of advanced periodontal disease. In this procedure, the irregularity of the underlying bone is smoothened.

What are the Benefits of osseous surgery?

• Decreased pocket depth
• Better brushing of teeth as a toothbrush can access more areas
• More comfort in getting your teeth cleaned at a dental office
• Fresher breath
• Reduced bleeding of gums
• Healthier mouth

What is done in osseous surgery?

The following steps are done in osseous surgery -
• You will receive a local anesthetic to numb your gums.
• Dr. Adatrow will make a slight incision (cut) around your chewing gum. After that, he will fold the gums back and kill the bacteria underneath. He would then smoothen any region where the bone is broken or irregularly shaped.
• If your bone is badly damaged, you might need bone graft and guided tissue regenerative membranes. These are called periodontal regeneration techniques.
• Your gums will be put back and covered with a periodontal dressing to help control your bleeding.

What is a bone graft?

Bone grafting is performed to replace lost bone in the jaw. If your upper jaw has no teeth or bones, a bone graft can stimulate the bone growth required to reshape the jaw and prepare it for dental implants.

Why am I recommended osseous surgery?

You are recommended osseous surgery because you have pockets that are too extensive to clean with regular at-home oral hygiene and a professional treatment routine. Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth, forming a bacterium safety cover. So, to establish this safety cover, you have been recommended osseous surgery.

What medications can I take after osseous surgery?

Similar to any other surgery, you will experience some pain after osseous surgery. So, you will have to take some painkillers to manage the pain. You can have 400–600 mg of ibuprofen every 6–8 hours or as recommended by our dental team. Ibuprofen can help with pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication too. If you cannot take ibuprofen, 1–2 tablets of daily Tylenol ® should be taken every 4 hours or as recommended by our dental team. If required, Dr. Adatrow can prescribe a more potent painkiller like Vicodin and an antibiotic to control infection. Please contact us if you are having severe pain even after taking a painkiller or if you any other problems after the surgery.

Can osseous surgery be done under sedation?

Yes, sedation will help in easing your anxiety and helps us in treating you more effectively. However, you will have to communicate regarding your medical history with Dr. Adatrow. This will enable him to recommend the best sedation method for you.

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